Being in Hallstatt is like being in a magical land of a fairytale. Everything is perfect from the light dancing across the water to the perfect coloured homes. Hallstatt is accessible from Salzburg and Vienna as a day trip via train and a small ferry ride. The train from Salzburg to Hallstatt was just the beginning of this perfect day. As I took an early train from Salzburg, the morning fog was still quite heavy, combine that with the Austria countryside and you have one beautiful train ride! Two trains and a ferry later I was dwarfed by magnificent mountains.
Hallstatt is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has a long and prosperous history thanks to Hallstatt’s salt mines. The Hallstatt salt mines are some of the oldest in the world. I decided against visiting the mines, preferring to spend the day enjoying the views.
I did stop by the Hallstatt Heritage Museum to learn more about Hallstatt’s long history through a series of artefacts, models and multimedia presentations. Many interesting archaeological excavations have been made in the area, revealing the long and rich cultural history of the region.
Hallstatt offers a beautiful hikes and lake activities for those who want to explore the natural landscape. I did a small hike (I wasn’t dressed properly to hike all the way up). However, even just a small hike rewards you spectacular views! It is a beautiful area to explore, make sure you sit by the lake and have some strudel and tea 🙂
I hope to return to Hallstatt soon, in the winter and see this magical town covered in snow!